The Volvo S80 is kind of car that you can drive yourself or you can have a chauffeur to do it for you. Especially, if you have the Executive version with dark-tinted rear windows, people might think that the person in the driver’s seat is just hired driver and the owner is sitting in the backseat.
For the 2014 model year, the Volvo S80 has got an updated exterior design. The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned to make the car look wider and lower. There is also a new front grille and rectangular Daytime Running Lights. The new chrome details give the car more elegant look. From the rear the Volvo S80 can be recognized from the rounded-off Volvo lights.
One of the strong points of all Volvo cars have always been driving ergonomics. Comfortable seat, nice big steering wheel and easy-to-read instrument display makes driving enjoyable. And it’s not just the driving position. Also the buttons in the dashboard seem to be just in the right place. All the main functions are so easy to find that you don’t have to start the first drive by reading the manual first.
We took a test drive with the 2014 Volvo S80 D5 AWD Executive. The Executive version is the top-of-the-line of the S80 model series. It comes with some special features, including Inscription ventilated soft leather upholstery with massage function, padded door inserts, Inscription leather upper dashboard top, Executive floor mats with contrast piping, Exclusive analogue clock set into the walnut wood inlay and the Executive Badge on the C-pillar.
This Volvo S80 isn’t a sporty sedan. The S60 takes care of that job in the Volvo’s lineup. The S80 is more luxurious and comfortable. However, with the D5 engine, which is the most powerful diesel in the Volvo’s line-up, this big sedan moves quite nicely. The 2.4-litre, 5-cylinder diesel delivers 158 kW (215 hp) and mighty 440 Nm of torque offering an enjoyable driving experience.
The front-wheel drive D5 is available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive version comes as standard with the six-speed Geartronic-automatic transmission. The performance isn’t quite as impressive as what some of the rivals’ 3.0-litre diesels provide. However, S80 D5 AWD can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7,8 seconds. The top speed is 225 km/h.
New additions to the S80’s engine lineup for 2014 model year are the all-new, two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E engines. The first ones available are the D4 diesel (181 hp and 400 Nm) and the T5 petrol (245 hp and 350 Nm).